Tar Heels facing ‘tall’ task in second round against Texas A&MThe Texas A&M Aggies (21-12) feature a front line consisting of 6-foot-10, 264-pound junior Tyler Davis, 6-10, 241-pound sophomore Robert Williams and 6-9, 220-pound junior D.J. Hogg, all three of whom stand head-and-shoulders above everyone in North Carolina’s preferred small starting lineup. “Their size is impressive,” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said Saturday. (North State Journal)
Video: UNC Ready For 'Big' Battle With Texas A&M In 2nd RoundNorth Carolina will face one of its most physically challenging matchups to date when the 2nd-seeded Tar Heels face 7-seed Texas A&M in the 2nd Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Aggies feature two of the nation's best big men in Robert Williams and Tyler Davis.
Getting To Know Texas A&MNorth Carolina’s opponent in Sunday’s second-round game of the NCAA Tournament is SEC member Texas A&M, which is 21-12 overall and went 9-9 in conference play. The No. 7 seed in the West Region, the Aggies have some very impressive victories on their resume as well as some tough losses and they are more than capable of eliminating the No. 2 seed Tar Heels. (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Tar Heel seniors want to make one more runWhen UNC steps onto the court in Charlotte to play Texas A&M in the Round of 32 on Sunday, it will be the 17th NCAA Tournament game for seniors Joel Berry and Theo Pinson's. And 14 of those have been wins. That's tied with a few other former Tar Heels for second-most in UNC history. Every NCAA Tournament journey, though, has been its own separate entity. (WRAL Sports Fan)
Video: Luke Maye's Rise To Stardom at UNCA year ago, Luke Maye averaged 5.5 PPG as a reserve for UNC before etching his name in college basketball history with one of the most memorable shots to beat Kentucky in the Elite 8. The Tar Heels went on to win the National Championship and Maye used the confidence from his iconic shot to propel him to new heights.
Lucas: UNC Basketball NotebookGarrison Brooks and Sterling Manley have played some of their best basketball during the postseason. Brooks put up ten points against Duke's tough front line, and Manley had ten rebounds against Lipscomb in his NCAA Tournament debut . Both will be needed Sunday against Texas A&M's impressive frontcourt. The Aggies have a trio of 6'10" players. (GoHeels.com)
UNC goal against Texas A&M: Don’t make headlines. It won’t be easy.The Tar Heels have one more game to win to advance to the Sweet 16 for the fourth year in a row – against a tall and talented Texas A&M team at 5:15 p.m. Sunday in Charlotte. If UNC wins, it will be close to a non-story on a national scale. The Tar Heels are expected to win convincingly in the round of 32. If the Tar Heels lose, though, it will make headlines. (Charlotte Observer)
Storylines: UNC vs. Texas A&MTexas A&M's biggest strength on the court is its size. Likely NBA-lottery pick Robert Williams is 6-foot-10, 241 pounds, while center Tyler Davis is 6-foot-10, 264. Even "small" forward D.J. Hogg is listed at 6-foot-9, 210 pounds. Even getting past the starters, head coach Billy Kennedy can turn to 6-foot-10 senior Tonny Trocha-Morelos for quality minutes. (Argyle Report)
Rebounding critical in UNC-Texas A&M game in West 2nd roundRoy Williams hammers his team so much about rebounding that he has frequently quipped about the existence of an 11th commandment: thou shalt box out. "I think it's the most critical factor in the game," Williams said. And yet, the reigning national champions will be challenged to rely on a traditional strength in a second-round game Sunday against Texas A&M. (Associated Press)
Roy Williams 28-0 in NCAA Tournament's opening round.On Friday night, as the North Carolina Tar Heels huddled around a television at their team hotel watching No. 16 seed UMBC storm past No. 1 seed Virginia, a graphic popped up on the CBS telecast highlighting Roy Williams' impeccable 28-0 record in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. “He never takes the credit,” senior guard Joel Berry said on Saturday. (Inside Carolina)
Tar Heels leaning more on their big menIf the first day of March Madness is any indication, Roy Williams might finally have himself a big man, as Garrison Brooks and Sterling Manley combined for 13 points and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes in the victory over Lipscomb in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. It’s a step in the right direction for a team that needs interior production. (Winston-Salem Journal)
Video: UNC Players Pre-Texas A&M Locker Room InterviewsNorth Carolina's locker room was open for interviews for 40 minutes Saturday before the Tar Heels practiced at Spectrum Center to prepare for Sunday's opponent, Texas A&M, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Here is what Theo Pinson, Luke Maye, Kenny Williams, Joel Berry, and Sterling Manley had to say: (Tar Heel Illustrated)
Video: Roy Williams Pre-Texas A&M Press ConferenceNorth Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams speaks with the media on Saturday ahead of the Tar Heels' second round NCAA Tournament game against Texas A&M in Charlotte on Sunday.
Video: Luke Maye, Kenny Williams, Cameron Johnson Pre-Texas A&M Press ConferenceNorth Carolina's Kenny Williams, Cameron Johnson, and Luke Maye speak with the media on Saturday ahead of the Tar Heels' game against Texas A&M Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Video: Theo Pinson 1-on-1 Before UNC vs. Texas A&MTheo Pinson has been the spark plug for the Tar Heels, recording 5 double-doubles in the last 10 games. Pinson caught up with the ACC Digital Network's Wes Bryant to talk about how the Heels bounced back from a 5-5 start in ACC play and what this final run in the NCAA Tournament means to him and his team.
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